What is Emyooga?
Emyooga is a word derived from a local Ugandan dialect (Runyankore) to refer to specialized skills enterprises/groups. It is a presidential initiative aimed at wealth and job creation The Presidential Initiative on Wealth and Job creation (Emyooga) was launched in August 2019 as part of the broad government strategy targeting to transform 68% of homesteads from subsistence to market-oriented production with the overall objective of promoting job creation and improving household incomes. The initiative is centered on various 18 categories/enterprises/Emyooga covering majority of the hitherto, financially excluded Ugandans engaged in similar specialized enterprise categories.
Emyooga was launched by H.E the President of Uganda in August 2019 as part of Government’s continuous strategies to transform 68% of Ugandan homesteads from subsistence to market-oriented production.
- Increased employment/ job opportunities.
- Increased access to specialized financial services to rural areas particularly to women/youth/PWDs.
- Improved household income of the project beneficiaries.
- Enhanced entrepreneurial capacity of different categories through sensitization, skilling and tooling.
The Emyooga initiative targets 19 specialized enterprises namely:
- Boda Bodas
- Women Entrepreneurs
- Salon Operators
- Taxi Operators
- Restaurant Owners
- Market Vendors
- Youth Leaders
- Persons with Disabilities (PWDs)
- Produce Dealers
- Performing Artists
- Elected Leaders and Private Teachers.
Target Areas of Operation
The Sacco’s for each category is organized at constituency level with operations at the parish level through established parish associations.
The identification of individuals subscribing to a given category or enterprise is done at the village level with support from the LC 1 leadership.
All economically active Ugandans aged 18 and above can benefit from this initiative. However, members under the youth category should not exceed 35 years of age.
How does one subscribe to a category?
First, one was ensured that you are engaged in one of the 18 enterprises targeted in this program. Then contact your LC1 leader for subscription to a Parish level association in line with your area of specialization. Ensure that the group you are subscribed to is registered by the District Community Development Officer.
How many members form association?
Each parish association must have 7-30 members enlisted for a particular specialized enterprise. Should the number exceed 30, another group of the same specialized enterprise shall be formed. For example, if a certain Bodaboda Association has 90 members, it was split into three groups of 30 members each and named Boda-boda Association A, B and C.
Are members required to pay any fees?
Each member of a group paid membership and subscription fees as agreed upon by the group. Both membership and annual subscription fees payable by each parish association to the constituency SACCO shall not exceed Ush.20,000/-
The Emyooga initiative is financed by the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development through the Department of Microfinance. The Microfinance Support Centre Ltd (MSC) is responsible for the planning, management, budgeting, reporting and accountability of all funds disbursed for the program. This includes funds disbursements to the groups and training of members and leaders. The District Task Forces headed by the Resident District Commissioners (RDCS) and comprised of District Commercial Officers (DCOs), District Community Development Officers (DCDOs), Local Council V Chairpersons (LCV) and District NRM Chairpersons (DNRMC), Youth Action and Social political and economic development (YASPED) Regional coordinator, MSC regional manager, are charged with mobilizing communities to participate in the program.
Government of Uganda put aside 620 million shillings per constituency as seed capital each SACCO getting 30million apart from the elected leaders who got 50million and private teachers who got 60 million as seed capital.
These are facilitated with both technical and financial support to enhance the performance of their projects, and ultimately their incomes.
The Presidential Initiative on Wealth and Job Creation (Emyoga) has two major components, namely:
Establishment of zonal artisan/Jua Kali parks – implemented by Office of the President.
Setting up specialized funds (Emyooga) – implemented by Ministry of Finance Planning and Economic Development (Microfinance Support Centre Ltd). The Microfinance Support Centre Ltd (MSC) was designated as the lead implementing Agency for component two, the Emyooga Programme. MSC is working collaboratively with the District Emyooga Taskforces that were set up in each district and chaired by the Resident District Commissioners (RDCs/RCCs), District Local Government (DCOs, DCDOs, CAOs, CDOs, etc.), MTIC among others. The initiative was designed to step up direct support to communities through establishment of specialized funds/Emyooga-specific Apex SACCOs at Constituency level covering 149 districts country-wide, but with operations at Parish level.
Update on Implementation of Emyooga
In the FY 2O2O|2I, Ushs. 260 billion was voted by Parliament for the EMYOOGA programme. These resources have all been disbursed to the Microfinance Support Centre (MSC), which was designated as lead implementing agency for the EMYOOGA programme.
b) Implementation Arrangements
The Microfinance Support Centre (MSC), which is the fund manager, is working in collaboration with District EMYOOGA Taskforces that have been set up in each district and chaired by the Resident District Commissioners (RDCs).
The District Taskforces draw membership from the Chief Administrative Officers (CAOs), District Community Development Officers (DCDOs), District Commercial Officers (DCOs), MSC Zonal Officers, and civil society (YASPED).
The EMYOOGA program is being implemented in five (5) phases, namely:
Training and member education.
Disbursement of funds
Monitoring and provision of technical support
Community mobilisation and identification of beneficairies
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